NW3C, MS-ISAC Announce Cross-Sector Security Collaboration Partnership

RICHMOND, Va. and EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y., July 18, 2019 – The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®) announced a new partnership today to substantially improve support for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) law enforcement agencies.

The new partnership reflects the interdependences between cybersecurity and cybercrime, which have a directly impact on each other. As cybercrime develops, cybersecurity experts must keep pace to mitigate the new threats and prevent exploitation of the evolving vulnerabilities. In turn, cybersecurity experts are often key partners in the identification and understanding of new criminal techniques.

NW3C, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, provides nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies tasked with the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.

CIS® (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) is home to the MS-ISAC, and both are headquartered in East Greenbush, New York. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated MS-ISAC as the key cybersecurity resource for SLTT governments, including Chief Information Security Officers and Fusion Centers.

Both MS-ISAC and NW3C are recognized for helping their respective members improve cybersecurity and combat cybercrime. This partnership strengthens the existing support framework for U.S. law enforcement agencies and SLTT governments. The inclusion of MS-ISAC cyber intelligence in the NW3C classes, will allow NW3C instructors to speak to the specific types of cybercrime affecting SLTT governments and make more informed recommendations to prevent future criminal activity. In turn, NW3C’s expertise and training will advance the incident response and analysis provided by MS-ISAC analysts, further enhancing the overall cybersecurity resources available to SLTT governments.

“Technology is evolving daily. Expanding the platforms, we alert our partners of emerging threats; and going the extra mile daily to engage in information and resource sharing with our partners is paramount. Through partnership with the MS-ISAC, NW3C will be able to immediately share accurate applied research, trends, and information on emerging threats to thousands of SLTT practitioners,” said Glen Gainer, President and CEO of NW3C.

“By sharing resources and intelligence on cybercrime and cybersecurity best practices, the MS-ISAC and NW3C are ensuring that law enforcement officers throughout the United States have the best knowledge and resources to respond to incidents and protect SLTT government infrastructure,” said Thomas Duffy, Chair of the MS-ISAC, and CIS Senior Vice President of Operations and Services.

By leveraging each other’s strengths, the NW3C and MS-ISAC will collaborate to ensure law enforcement is aware of new and developing cybersecurity risks, vulnerabilities, and threats.

About NW3C

NW3C is a nonprofit, membership-affiliated organization comprised of state, local, federal, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial and regulatory agencies.

NW3C provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.

In addition to delivering training in computer forensics, cyber and financial crime investigations, and intelligence analysis, NW3C offers analytical technical support to agencies investigating and prosecuting white collar and related crimes. To learn more, visit http://www.nw3c.org.

About CIS

CIS (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) is a forward-thinking, non-profit entity that harnesses the power of a global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats. CIS is home to both the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the go-to resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government entities, and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (EI-ISAC®), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. State, Local, and Territorial elections offices. CIS is also responsible for the CIS Controls® and CIS Benchmarks, which are the global standard and recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data against the most pervasive attacks. These proven guidelines are continuously refined and verified by a volunteer, global community of experienced IT professionals. Our CIS Hardened Images are virtual machine emulations preconfigured to provide secure, on-demand, and scalable computing environments in the cloud. To learn more, visit http://www.cisecurity.org or follow us on Twitter: @CISecurity.